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Low Carb Ladybug Caprese Appetizer

Ladybug-themed appetizers on a white plate.

This Low Carb Caprese Salad is the perfect solution, offering a delightful combination of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. It’s a colorful and nutritious side that won’t heat up your kitchen and is ideal for BBQs and dinner parties.

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With minimal carbs, these appetizers are perfect for those on a low-carb or keto diet. The combination of mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes provides essential nutrients without excess carbs.

These ladybug caprese appetizers can be assembled in just a few minutes, making them a great option for last-minute entertaining.

Ladybug-themed appetizers on a white plate.

Keto Ladybug Caprese Appetizer

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16
Calories 74 kcal


  • 226 Grams Fresh Mozzarella
  • 1 Pinch Sea salt You could also use pink himalyan rock salt
  • 16 Fresh Basil leavesĀ 
  • 4 Pitted Black Olives
  • 8 Cherry Tomatoes or Grape Tomatoes
  • Balsamic Vinegar You only need a small amount for adding spots to the ladybirds.


Prepare the Mozzarella

  • Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the mozzarella ball into approximately 1/4-inch thick slices. You should aim for 8 slices. If the slices are large, you can cut them in half to fit better on the serving platter.
  • Lay the mozzarella slices evenly on a serving platter. These will serve as the base for your ladybugs.

Add the Basil

  • Place a fresh basil leaf on top of each mozzarella slice. The basil will add a burst of fresh flavor and a pop of color beneath the ladybug.

Create the Ladybug Body

  • Cut the cherry or grape tomatoes in half lengthwise.
  • Position one half of a tomato, cut side down, on top of each basil leaf. This represents the body of the ladybug.

Make the Ladybug Head

  • Cut the pitted black olives into quarters.
  • Place one olive quarter at the top end of each tomato half to form the ladybug's head.

Add the Ladybug Spots

  • Use a small decorating tip or a toothpick for precise placement.
  • Dip the tip or toothpick into the balsamic glaze. Carefully dot the backs of the tomatoes with the glaze to create the ladybug spots.
  • Add 2-3 small spots on each tomato half to mimic the natural spots of a ladybug.



*The nutrition values provided are estimates per serving and may not be entirely accurate. Actual nutritional content can vary based on ingredients, portion sizes, and preparation methods. Always check product labels for precise information.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving Calories 74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.7g 7%
    Saturated Fat 2.1g 11%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 275mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 2.5g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
    Total Sugars 0.3g
Protein 3.3g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 12mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword Caprese, Mozarella

These Low Carb Ladybug Caprese Appetizers are a delightful and healthy option for any gathering. Combining the classic flavors of Caprese salad with a fun presentation, they are sure to be a hit with your guests.

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